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Ken Jennings Was the Bad Guy on Watson's Home Turf

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You'd expect the trembling masses of humanity, terrified by the superior digital intellect of Watson, to have some solidarity. Not so, says formerly-impressive Jeopardy player Ken Jennings. At IBM's Watson research lab, where the robo-tourney taped, man was the enemy. [Slate]


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I still don't understand what's so impressive about a computer that can answer the same questions humans can, but crashes a heck of a lot more. Care to explain?